Life can be challenging. It can test our strength, faith, and patience. Whatever happened to the simpler, happier times when we were more productive. Not connected to devices or gadgets or social media?
The very gadgets invented to make life easier are the very gadgets adding another layer of difficulty on this journey called life.
Sometimes, we need to unplug and enjoy true quality time without the constraints of devices and social media. Below you will find 5 tips to live a simpler, happier and more productive life.
MAKE A TO DO LIST
This mama is completely LOST without her to-do list! With a high school senior going off to college in a few months and a very active 8-year-old, my time is very limited! So I try to write down everything I need to do the night before. It makes me feel like I have it under control when I complete a task and cross it off my list. DONE!
LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA
I get it, we are in the age of social media. But if you aren’t using social media for work such as blogging, then it can become a MAJOR time waster. I will be the first to admit that I am addicted to social media! I’m a millennial, it’s all I know! But I also realize what a complete waste of time it is if I am not using it for work.
I take mini mental breaks while I’m working and I allow myself about 5-10 minutes per hour to scroll, post and lurk on social media. It works! I get my social media fix without letting it consume me. Find a schedule that works for you and see how much more productive you become!
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM
I’m NOT a morning person but I find that when I can manage to pull myself out of bed super early, I can get so much more done! Set your alarm clock an hour before you must be up and take off things you know you won’t have time to do in the evenings. I use this time to add to my to-do list, exercise and meditate. It has made a world of difference for me.
SET MINI GOALS
I always have so much to do that I have a pretty bad habit of listing them all to be done…BEFORE NOON! OK, that’s a semi exaggeration but it feels that way most of the time. By listing mini goals, (3-5), that I know I need to accomplish that day, it is much easier to meet those goals.
Close your office door, close out all extra tabs on your computer, put your phone on silent and clear your desk. Doing this helps get rid of any distractions that will keep you from being focused on the tasks you need to complete. It works! Give it a try.
Time is precious and even though we tend to think we can make it up, once it is gone, it is gone. The tips above are just a few ways that you can make your days a little more productive!
How do you make your day more productive?